John Tartaglio continues to inspire others to live life without limitations

            Meet John Tartaglio who has continued to inspire people with his positive attitude and continuous courage. He has received an overwhelming amount of support from people all over the country. At the end of John’s senior year he was nationally recognized by being featured on the Oprah Winfrey show.  The reason for this is that the people see his courage, relate to his challenges and admire his determination. At 17 years old, on August 22nd, 2004 John was diagnosed with such a rare bacterial infection that only 34 people in medical history have had it since.  To save his life doctors had no choice but to amputate his legs and left bicep that night.  John survived although he was only given a 20% chance to live.  John endured two months of rehabilitation to get him ready for life back at home.  At home and outpatient rehabilitation John focused on regaining his strength and independence.  From the very start John set a goal of walking at his high school graduation despite being told that he would never walk again from doctors and a leading prosthetic company.  After 4 months John walked a quarter of a mile at a 5k/ 2mile walk held in his honor.  John easily met his goal in June of 2005 and walked to receive his diploma at his high school graduation. 
            In the summer John was the first bilateral hip disarticulate to have a running prosthesis.  Through rigorous workouts consisting of weight training, swimming, cycling, walking, and running John was able to compete in team triathlons.  In the fall of 2005 John enrolled into Fairfield University studying pre-med.  Training just as hard during the school year John was the first bilateral hip disarticulate in history to run and complete a 5k and a 10k road race.  John recently completed the New York Marathon in 2:12:12 placing 30th in the handcycle division and a half iron man (70.3 mile) triathlon.
            This year John is training to make history again.  He will be training to run and complete the New York Marathon on November 1, 2009.  John will be running the marathon to raise money for Aspire, which will help raise money for children that are amputees with funding for programs, clinics, and other needs to promote their mobility and independent lifestyle.  Thank you for all of your support.

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